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Like any New Year’s resolution the difficult part is keeping going especially during London’s freezing wind and rain this week. But nonetheless, here is our Week 2 in review blog:

We believe that over the coming months, we will see more and more broadcasters adopting an IP approach. You can read our opinion on this, and why actually you should be going IT, in CSI Magazine: http://www.csimagazine.com/csi/broadcast-moves-to-IT.php

We started working on our paper and presentation for the NAB Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (BEITC), which will offer our insights into this field.

We’ve also fulfilled one of our customers’ biggest requests: branded server stickers. These are now available free-of-charge for existing customers and our products will now ship with these.

 

Technical work:

  • • Continued multivendor interoperability testing for SMPTE 2022-6, now extended to testing SD and 720p resolutions. When this will be complete it will be the most detailed analysis of a software based implementation of this standard and its real-world interoperability with numerous hardware implementations.
  • • Continued automated testing of version 1.3 and 1.4 of our decoder
  • • Started evaluating Kaby Lake CPUs from Intel

Things we’ve been reading/watching:

We were pleased to also be retweeted and liked by some famous British entertainers.

 



Firstly, a warm welcome to 2017! We thought we’d share the weekly goings on here at Open Broadcast Systems, both in our main London office and the rest of our team distributed around Europe.

Globecast SERTE deployment

Our French Partner Ekla Ingeniere installed 2x HD C-100 Decoders at the Globecast SERTE, the main French broadcast switching centre. This decoder has the capability to be software upgraded to 4x simultaneous HD decoders..

We worked with Ekla this week to integrate this unit into SERTE.

Supply Chain Improvements

We might be a software company but we’ve have developed a complex supply chain with parts from dozens of suppliers travelling around the world to numerous systems integrators. Things like customs delays and upstream supplier lead times has at times led to longer lead times than we hoped in 2016. Therefore, at the end of 2016, we started taking steps to reduce lead times, with some units now available within a week of order. In 2017, our goal is for all mainstream chassis to be available within a week.

Technical work

This week, some of our more technical work has included:

  • Continued evaluation of DVB-S2 PCIe boards in our downlink centre
  • Improving performance of 2022-6/7 output
  • Fixing decoder issues in 1.3 release
  • Continued development of automated tests for testing Web/SNMP layer in preparation for 1.4 release

Other Activity

We started planning for our trip to FOSDEM in Brussels at the end of the month.

We have also started planning our NAB booth and demos.

And, of course, the first week of the year means paperwork :(

What we’ve been reading/watching

Falsehoods programmers believe about [video stuff]

If Flexport Succeeds, Everything You Buy Will Cost Less

Anomaly Updates (SpaceX)


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Open Broadcast Systems teamed up with the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) UK Section to host an event looking at IT in broadcast. Being close to Christmas, it also featured mulled wine and mince pies, of course!

The main aim of the evening event was to tell the audience of broadcasters and manufacturers that broadcast data-centres can look exactly like an IT data-centre already, and work extremely well. Many people within this industry, especially the traditional broadcasters and manufacturers, find that hard to believe but actually an IT approach comes with a number of major advantages and is already being used for numerous broadcasts.

 

(This is quite a technical blog post but projects like this are the reason we’re able to deliver broadcast infrastructure faster, at lower-cost and better than anyone else. For some background visit: http://www.slideshare.net/kierank12/implementing-uncompressed-over-ip-in-software-and-the-pitfalls

At Open Broadcast Systems we push £200 Blackmagic video boards in ways the creators didn’t intend. We add functionality that people continue to tell us can only be done with specialist hardware with price tags ten, or even a hundred times more.

We also have an SMPTE 2022-6 (SDI over IP) stack written entirely in software, designed for use with standard Network Cards, something which surprised many visitors from hardware-centric vendors to our booth at IBC.